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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Manny Pacquiao to Consider Amir Khan for Opponent, Says Boxing Promoter Bob Arum | Bleacher Report

Joey Maceda - 6:58 AM
Martin Willetts/Getty Images After being shunned by Floyd Mayweather Jr., Amir Khan could be handed a major boost in his efforts to land an illustrious fight, asManny Pacquiao will reportedly consider the Brit as his next opponent. Thats according to the Filipinos promoter, Bob Arum, who admitted he would put Khans case forward after discussions with the Bolton-born star. This takes time and I will present everything to Manny and we'll see what happens, Arum told World Boxing Scene, viaSky Sports. Chris Hyde/Getty Images As noted in the aforementioned piece, the promoter has admitted that finding Pacquiao a major opponent is a priority. The Filipino is still recovering from a shoulder injury that he accrued in the build-up to his loss to Mayweather earlier this year. Its a showdown that would appeal to Khan. He claimed on Dubai Eye 103.8, viaJames Whaling of the Daily Mirror,that he thinks the fight can happen and that hed love to take that fight. Its certainly an occasion that would go some way to making up for the disappointment of missing out on a clash with Mayweather. JOHN GURZINSKI/Getty Images After losing to Mayweather, Pacquiao could face Khan next. The man known as Money decided to fight the relatively disappointing Andre Berto in whats being billed as his final fight. ESPNs Dan Rafael thinks Mayweather should have taken Khan's case more seriously: Let's be honest: It's laughable Floyd is fighting Berto instead of @AmirKingKhan or @keithfthurmanjr or @ShowtimeShawnP. Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) August 5, 2015 A Pacquiao fight would represent a hugely impressive consolation prize, though. While Pacquiao wasnt able to get the best of Mayweather when the two met in May, the Filipino remains one of the most talented boxers of his generation, and his high-octane style up against Khans raw speed would make for an aesthetic spectacle. There are underpinning storylines that would add intrigue to the bout, too. Khan and Pacquiao used to spar together and shared the same trainer in Freddie Roach. For the Brit, itd also be a fine chance to expedite his rise from a pack of exciting welterweights into the elite bracket of fighters. Alex Menendez/Getty Images A bout against Pacquiao would be a massive opportunity for Khan. Khan may do well to keep talk of this potential fight to a minimum. As Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Timesnoted, the Brits constant barbs in the press are what apparently cost him a shot at Mayweather: Told the reason that @AmirKingKhan is out is because of his mouth. He was told to zip it and kept yapping negatively about @FloydMayweather. Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) July 25, 2015 Who would you back if the two were to square off? Who would you back if the two were to square off? Khan Pacquiao Total votes: 1,971 Pacquiao likelywont be quite so tetchy, and given the clear affinity between the two men, any trash talk will most likely be kept to a minimum. But given that Pacquiaos recovery is still ongoing, perJoaquin M. Henson ofthePhilippine Star(h/t Mike Coppinger ofBoxingJunkie.com),this bout is one that remains a long way off for now. Nevertheless, it's a tantalising proposition. Khan has been besotted by the chance to land a fight with Mayweather for a long time, and while hes been harshly pushed aside, he can now focus on other challenges to come. If the Brit can back up classy recent wins over Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri with a comprehensive showing in his next fight, Pacquiao could well be waiting in the wings. That's a prospect that should serve as a major incentive for Khan.

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